In this post, we would like to add another short commentary on how the emotional state can influence the manifestations of your complications and residuals after long-standing facial palsy.
We received the following question: “When I feel stressed, my eye closes on its own. Does an emotional state have that much influence on Bell’s palsy?”
Bell’s palsy vs complications and residuals
Before we dive into the explanation, we would like to clarify that an emotional state cannot have any influence on Bell’s palsy per se – because it has already happened. Stress and your emotional state can be a risk factor in developing a facial palsy, as we discussed in our previous post. Once you recover from the acute Bell’s palsy, it has passed, you do not suffer from Bell’s palsy any more, but only from its complications and residual effects.
Emotional state (stress) can influence the manifestation of complications and residuals
We are certain that a strong emotional state, stress, can have a significant influence on the manifestation of any complications and residuals you might have after your long-term recovery. So to answer the question above: yes, it is possible that under stress, or any strong emotional state, your eye can close on its own. It is important to note that just as any strong negative emotional state can put your body into stress, so can the positive response. A strong positive emotional response can also put the body into stress and affect the manifestations of synkinesis, contractures or facial pains.
It is important to keep your emotions in balance. If you are stressed, find the main cause of your stress and try to do something to reduce or eliminate it. Taking pills for stress, except in very acute and heavy cases, will not help you to eliminate stress. It can reduce it temporary, but it will come back. You need to work on the main underlying cause. That is also what we do in our clinic when we work with our patients – we work on the underlying causes of their complications, not on the temporary solutions. We make sure that once we reduce or eliminate the complications and residual effects, that they will not come back.
– Alex Pashov
Crystal Touch Bell’s palsy clinic